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The President and the Secretary General


The President

JHHWeilerPhotoThe President directs the Institute and supervises the implementation of acts and decisions pursuant to the Convention, and is responsible for administration.

Professor  J.H.H. Weiler , an alumnus of the EUI, who succeeded Professor Marise Cremona as President on 1st September 2013 will also be teaching a cross-departmental seminar on European Integration and supervise Researchers.

Weiler came to the EUI from New York University (NYU). At NYU he was University Professor as well as holder of the European Union Jean Monnet Chair at New York University School of Law, Director of the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, and Co-Director of the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization.

Weiler serves as Editor in Chief of EJIL – the European Journal of International Law and ICON – the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Weiler is also Professor at the National University of Singapore; Honorary Professor at University College, London; Honorary Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen; and Co-Director of the Academy of International Trade Law in Macao, China.

Weiler is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds degrees from Sussex (B.A.); Cambridge (LL.B. and LL.M.); and The Hague Academy of International Law (Diploma of International Law). He earned his Ph.D. in European Law at the EUI, Florence. He is recipient of Doctorates Honoris Causa from numerous European universities.

From 1978 to 1985, Weiler was a member and Head of the Department of Law at the EUI and co-founded its Academy of European Law and the European Policy Unit, the precursor of the Robert Schuman Centre. He later served as Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School (1985-1992) and as Manley Hudson Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at Harvard Law School (1992-2001).

Weiler served for many years as a member of the Committee of Jurists of the Institutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, inter alia co-drafting the European Parliament's Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms.

He is a WTO and NAFTA Panelist.

Weiler is author of articles and books in the fields of international, comparative, and European law. His publications include: The Constitution of Europe - do the New Clothes have an Emperor? (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998 - translations into Spanish, Italian, Slovenian, Japanese, Chinese, Serbian, Portuguese, Romanian); The EU, the WTO, and the NAFTA: Towards a Common Law of International Trade? (Academy of European Law, EUI, Florence/Oxford Univ. Press, 2000); Un’Europa Cristiana (Rizzoli, 2003 - translations into German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, French, Hungarian, Dutch), The Worlds of European Constitutionalism, (with Gráinne De Búrca) (Cambridge University Press, New York and Cambridge, 2012) and a novella, Der Fall Steinmann (Piper 2000). He is currently completing a monograph The ASEAN Way – A Prolegomena to a Theory of Asian Legal Integration (Cambridge University Press) and a book on The Trial of Jesus.  

Weiler's research focus is on issues of European integration, trade and globalization, Transnational governance and democracy and the interface of law and religion. 

Previous Presidents of the Institute were Marise Cremona, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Yves Mény, Patrick Masterson, Emile Noël, Werner Maihofer and Max Kohnstamm. 

The Secretary General

Pasquale FerraraThe Secretary General assists the President in his organizational and administrative duties.

More specifically, he deals with the management of the EUI administration, relations with EU Member States and third countries, and the EUI communications and public relations policy.

Pasquale Ferrara is the Institute’s Secretary General.

Ferrara joined the Italian Foreign Office in 1984 and has spent much of his career in Italy and abroad, including postings in Chile and the United States. Positions in Europe include Brussels where he was involved, amongst other things, in the launching of the European Convention.

Over and above his diplomatic duties, he continues to carry out research into the theory of international relations, and has published numerous articles in specialized journals and is author of several volumes on international relations and political theory.

At the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was Head of the Press Office and Spokesman for the Minister, and subsequently Director of the Analysis and Planning Unit of the Ministry.

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